COLORADO SPRINGS — The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado is helping 43 people in need after a fire Monday morning caused 26 units to be evacuated.
The Red Cross said the fire at Kittyhawk Apartments destroyed five units and left others without running water and heat.
Red Cross volunteers were on-site at the fire, observing social distance protocols, to help the displaced residents. The organization ensured arrangements for lodging and meals were made, and is working with victims to continue to deliver recovery services.
Crews are responding to a working fire in an apartment complex, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
The department said the fire at Kittyhawk Apartments off Arcadia Street began in the laundry room and got into the walls. Nearby residents have been evacuated as crews continue to try to put the fire out.
A News5 crew on scene sees flames coming out of the side of a building.
While venting smoke, fire fighters opened up an exterior wall and flame erupted. Fire fighters quickly extinguished the flames and mop up operations continue. Waiting for information from the CSFD Public Information Officer. pic.twitter.com/0yijQzZXia— PhotoJuice News5 (@PhotoJuiceNews5) April 28, 2020
Fire crews have shut down Arcadia Street to allow hose lines in the road. The department said two people were evaluated for smoke inhalation, but they were not severe enough to be taken to the hospital.
As of right now, the department said two units are uninhabitable because of damage and that more may be deemed uninhabitable due to smoke damage.
If you're in the area, be cautious and watch for crews. This is a developing story. We will bring you further updates as we receive them.